Safe Alternative Spring Essentials Top Picks

April 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Eco-friendly, green, nature inspired toys, gifts, books, clothing and more for baby, child and kid are what we are happily highlighting for you all today!  Many of these products are totally natural, and of course all of them are PVC-free, BPA-free, lead free and earth loving.

Spring time!  A time when nature all around us is encouraging us to reconnect with her.  A time of sprouting, growing, of uplifting energy and light!  Isn’t that a perfect reflection of our little ones?  So, why not celebrate the gift of Spring with some of these fabulously fun gift ideas for kids.

Busy Bugs Wooden Walkers by Voila

It’s a fun outdoor/indoor toy. Learn balance and coordination with these absolutely adorable, natural wooden ladybug “walkers.”

The bottom of the ladybug is rounded and lifted slightly, making it just challenging enough for children to have fun time and time again.  The beads are adjustable, making this a toy for kids of all heights!

Voila was the first Thai wooden toy company to earn the right to use the Green Label Logo from the Thailand Environmental Institute for products made from Rubberwood, and the first wooden toy company in Thailand to receive certification in the ISO standards for quality, environment and workplace health and safety. Age 3+

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Available at Stubbypencilstudio.com for $20.00

Creation Cottage Cardboard Playhouse by KidsCraft

KidsCraft’s Creation Cottage is fun inside and outside.  Made from 100% recycled cardboard, this is a fort that the entire neighborhood will love.

We had a playdate here at our house and invited my daughter’s friends over to color, paint, draw and get creative all over her playhouse.  It was a blast for everyone to decorate, and the fun continues as we play with it as her very own house.

Playhouse also includes a set of star-shaped 100% recycled crayons made of repurposed melted old crayon stubs, and is using an ingenious flap and slot design so no cutting or taping is needed.

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Available at KidCraftUSA for $59.95.

Butterflies Tack Zap Hammer by Haba

If this isn’t the cutest idea for a hand and eye coordination toy, we don’t know what is.  This is a toy that keeps my 4 year old focused and engaged.  She loves having her own hammer and comes up with great designs and stories for her cutie faced “bugs.”

7 wooden pieces, cork board, wooden hammer and tacks. Age 4+
HABA toys are made from hard wood, stained with non-toxic colors and finished with a protective, saliva-resistant, water based varnish for long lasting protection.

HABA toys are made from hard wood, stained with non-toxic colors and finished with a protective, saliva-resistant, water based varnish for long lasting protection.

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Available at Maukilo.com for $17.99

Paddle Wheel Boat by North Star Toys

A fun and functional water toy that is not made from plastic,  for river, pool or bath. We love it! Wind up the back propeller and away you go!

North Star Toys has been making quality, non-toxic wooden toys. Walnut, oak, alder and other fine woods are handcrafted into smooth, durable designs and rubbed with a non-toxic oil to allow the natural beauty to shine. Recycled materials are used whenever possible and top priority is given to environmental sustainability.

Available at Northstartoys.com for $20

Who is in the Garden by Barefoot Books

Bring the outdoors to live inside.  We love this cute book by Barefoot books which offers the full delight of springtime with blooming color.

Suggested age 1-4

In this delightful peepo book, children are invited to look through the holes on every other page to answer the repeating refrain, ‘Who’s coming to see how my garden grows?’ The energetic, rhyming text introduces all sorts of creatures that are busy in the garden.

Barefoot Books offers books that are an authentic alternative to the commercialization of childhood. Barefoot Books also supports organizations that share their goals of global understanding, empowering children through art and story, and protecting and preserving the earth for future generations.

Available At Barefoot Books for $14.99

Organic  ‘Lamby Picnic Pal’ Plush Toy by Apple Park

It isn’t easy to find a ‘safe alternative’ plush toy that is totally non-toxic and organic.

Luckily, Apple Park’s adorable plush toys are made from 100% certified organic cotton and are free from chemicals and carcinogenic materials.

The beautiful ‘apple’ packaging is printed on recycled paper with soy ink!  If this isn’t springtime wrapped up with nature in mind, what is?

Available on Amazon.com for $48.99


Organic Cotton Kimono Body Green Pear by Sckoon

This super soft, colorful pear kimono is the perfect top for any stylish eco-conscious baby this spring.

Sckoon products are designed in Soho, New York, manufactured at our environmental conscience fair trade factories, and certified by Demeter (international biodynamic certification board) and AGRECO (USDA Accredited Certifying Agent).

Available Online for $21

PVC-Free Rain Boots by Hatley

April showers brings spring time flowers!  How is this for sporting a safe alternative rain boot?  We love it!  No excuses now, go out there and let nature embrace you, you’ve got all the gear you need.

Get dirty in style!  The cutest PVC-Free Rain Boots, Rain Jackets and Umbrellas are made by Hatley.

Available on Amazon.com for $34.99

Love The Bugs Book and Magnifying Glass

Our favorite thing to do every spring is to go look for bugs and worms in the garden. ‘I love bugs’ is a great book for kids 3-8 who are curious about bugs. With this book they will learn how they’re called and what they do. A magnifying glass is a MUST HAVE, to get a good close up!

I Love Bugs Book available on Amazon.com for $13.49
Magnifying Glass Tin by Haba available on Amazon.com for $10.99


Niblezzzz The Bunny

Niblezzzz The Bunny is 14 inches high and a soft, cuddly way to welcome spring.

This adorable bunny rabbit with a spot over his eye kept 10 bottles out of a landfill. Outer fabric and stuffing both made from 100% recycled plastic PET bottles. Easy care machine washable.  For ages 3 months and up.

Available at Atlantisnatural.com for $20.00.
Use Coupon Code WA89360M36091 for 10% off of the entire order.

Itzy Ritzy Snack Happened Reusable Snack Bags

Always have a healthy snack with you when you’re outdoors!

Ideal for little hands, snacks, fruit, sandwiches, picnics, school lunches, mini first aid kits, cell phones, car & plane trips, crayons, toiletries, iPods, cameras, hiking, camping, travel, beach gear & more!

Lead free zipper top keeps crumbs, drips & contents securely inside. 100% cotton designer fabric exterior with PVC-Free waterproof lining interior. Reusable + Washable + Eco-friendly + Fashionable! FDA approved!

Available at GrowGreenBaby.com for $9.95

Nanchen Organic Butterfly Doll

If you are in need of a sweet spring gift, this Organic Butterfly Baby loves sunshine and flowers.

Made from pollution-free natural materials this organic doll has a gentle rattle made from high grade stainless steel (no plastic here!!).

Butterfly Baby is handmade in Germany and comes with a striped sleep sac to stay cozy during spring showers!

This doll is great for infants and toddlers. Doll is 7inches tall and made of 100% organic cotton and 100%organic wool.

Available at PeaceLoveOrganicEarth.com for $23.00

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Category: 0-1 yr, 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Clothing, Organic Cotton, PVC-free, Toys

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